First Time Renovator: new plans for the upstairs renovation

Over the last few months lots of things changed for me and my family, and our extension plans. With an oil boiler breakdown halfway through the renovation and the surprise of having to replace all our windows – these two extras had eaten up all of our contingency budget – and more! Our original plans for the upstairs renovation had been to extend at the back of the house and create two larger bedrooms but this plan would need to be shelved – at least for a while.

Our eldest had a very small (almost double bedroom) but our youngest son had a tiny box room.
The original plan for the upstairs renovation was to extend over the top of our downstairs extension.

My youngest, Lewis, had almost outgrown his baby cot and was ready to move into a bed, but his bedroom was the tiniest box room and not even big enough for a toddler bed, so we would need a plan b. Having parted ways with our original builder, we needed a new company. For the first build (the utility room), our second option had been a local company (Power Construction Design and Build Services) – slightly more expensive, since it was a company rather than a one-man-band. We had a good feeling for them at the time and felt that they would be able to offer us more security for this build than we had previously had.

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Rob, the company owner, came to see us and we talked through our dilemma. Our idea was to knock the two boys’ rooms together and open up the eaves for some kind of storage in the room. We would also gain some of the landing space. Essentially, you would walk up the stairs and immediately to the left and right would be the bedrooms.

The new plan would make the best use of the upstairs space, removing a cupboard and taking a section of the landing, as well as opening up the eaves.

We were so excited to get started on the upstairs renovation and finally give the boys the room they needed so Rob booked us in for the beginning of the year. I was impressed with the professionalism of the new company, two builders arrived first thing on Monday and worked tirelessly to knock the wall through and begin opening up under the eaves. Again, we were living in dust – so much dust! The boys moved into our bedroom along with ALL their clothes, toys, cupboards, books! We slept on an airbed in the living room surrounded with more cupboards, clothes and furniture.

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You can see the sizes of the two rooms in this image.

After a few days the builders started to build into the eaves. This space was so much bigger than I had expected. Then one day one of the builders said to me ‘If I was a kid, I’d love to sleep in a den like this!’ I was sold and after speaking to the boys about making this section into their sleeping area, they were too – of course! I can’t imagine anything better when I was a child either!

The space under the eaves was so big that we decided to create a den-like bed for the boys.

Next would be electrics, new windows and plastering, not to mention flooring, painting and decorating! We were so close to being able to give the boys so much more space and now we had the idea to move their sleeping area under the eaves they had so much more floor space too – it would be a fantastic playroom!

Read more First Time Renovator blogs in the series.

Featured image: We had to make some changes to our original plans to extend on top of the downstairs extension.

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